Jeff "Critter" Newell, who produced the new Blink-182 album 'Neighborhoods' died was found dead in his Studio City home on Dec. 31. He was 45.
Newell was a noted sound engineer who also produced Angels & Airwaves' entire discography. Often considered the "fifth member of Angels & Airwaves," lead vocalist Tom Delonge said: "He was the most artistic and beautiful thing that could have ever happened to Angels & Airwaves. RIP Jeff 'Critter' Newell. AVA will never be the same...." (See the video tribute of the band to Critter above in the Videos.)
He was formerly a resident of West Chicago, Ill., born on March 26, 1966 in Chicago to William and Marilyn Newell.
See more of his obituary here.
Also view some of his work here and discography here.
He is survived by his parents, William and Marilyn Newell of Bensenville, Illinois, his sister, Jodi (Steve), two nieces, Heidi and Katherine and a nephew, Brian.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., Wheaton, Illinois. Friends may visit with the family prior to the service from 9:30 to 11 and also following the service.
Memorials may be directed to Evangelical Child and Family Agency, 1530 North Main Street Wheaton, Illinois 60187-3584, Wheaton Christian Grammar School, 1N350 Taylor Dr, Winfield, Illinois 60190, or Wheaton Academy, 900 Prince Crossing Road West Chicago, 60185.